Summer is the traditional time of year where the movie studios roll out their biggest and most expensive productions. Every year, there is a race on to see which blockbuster can capture the public’s imagination and take some serious box office revenue. In recent years there’s been a move for superhero themed movies to take the top slot. Last year saw the incredible Guardians of the Galaxy take nearly $800 million worldwide in box office thanks to its great blend of action and humour. But what will be the superhero film that wins the honours in the upcoming summers?
The X-Men franchise has been a huge global hit and has been key to making Marvel Comics a world-beating entertainment company.
Since the first X-Men film was released in 2000, there have been eight highly successful sequels and spin-offs that have helped the series become the thirteenth highest-grossing movie franchise of all time. And already rumours are building as to what we can expect from X-Men Apocalypse when it hits cinema screens on 27 May 2016.
The cast is expected to feature big names such as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence as the main superhero characters. But the big attraction will undoubtedly be the Apocalypse villain who briefly featured at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past and is rumoured to be the very first mutant. The Apocalypse character is thought to have emerged from ancient Egypt, so if you want to get a head start on the Egyptian superhero action, head to the Egyptian Cleopatra’s Gold themed slots at Uptown Aces for a taste of some ancient excitement!
For those who can’t wait until 2016 for the next slice of Marvel action, then thankfully Ant-Man hits cinema screens this July.
Starring Paul Rudd as the petty crook who finds a special ant suit that makes him shrink in size, but greatly increase his strength, the film also features Michael Douglas as his mentor Dr Hank Pym, along with Corey Stoll as Ant-Man’s nemesis Yellowjacket.
And with a wonderful plotline in which our hero must save the planet through a highly imaginative heist, it looks like Ant-Man will be the next Marvel superhero to capture the public’s imagination.
And finally, just in case there was any doubt over whether Marvel owns the summer blockbuster season, the Fantastic Four franchise returns again on 7 August with the imaginatively titled Fantastic Four.
This reimagining of Marvel’s longest running superhero team is apparently based on the Ultimate imprint of the series, rather than the mainstream version, and as such seeks to offer a darker, and sleeker retelling of the superheroes in their battle against arch-enemy Doom.